Led by award-winning dancer and choreographer, Meilyn, Wednesday bellydance classes at The Dance Studio Leeds are choreography focused and cover many styles of bellydance; from Oriental (traditional) to Fusion bellydance, folkloric and fan veils dances, dark and serious to light and uplifting.

Music selection varies from Egyptian and Turkish bellydance music to alternative, pop, theatrical and/or electronic Western music.

Current course dates:

Wednesday 15th March up to and including 31st  May 2023 (10 weeks – NO classes on 5th April or 17th May). Course choreography: Turkish Bellydance. (We will also be rehearsing a Theatrical fan veils Tango fusion piece, amongst other bellydance routines.)

Next course dates:

Wednesday 7th June up to and including 9th August 2023 (10 weeks). Course choreography: Skirt dance – you will need to bring a 25yard skirt . (We will also be rehearsing a Turkish Bellydance piece, amongst other bellydance routines.)


Classes include:
  • Learning new choreographies, usually across two 5 week terms.
  • Going over and rehearsing existing routines for upcoming performances*.
  • Training on technique, where appropriate.

*Performances – Optional, but, if students choose to perform with Lola Hips, they are required to buy the recommended costumes and props. (Being a student troupe, often performances will require a small ticket fee for entry to the event).

  • Classes – Students will be required to buy their own props.
  • Experience – A minimum of 2 years bellydance classes attendance is recommended
  • Private classes – Lola Hips members also perform solo and may receive discounted private (one to one) classes with Meilyn.

Learn more about Lola Hips:

Lola Hips is a semi-professional bellydance troupe, led by Creative Director, Choreographer and Instructor, Meilyn. They have performed at international bellydance festivals across the UK, perform regularly at haflas (bellydance community events) and showcases and love mixing up styles. Investing in troupe costuming is essential for selected performances. Lola Hips is a supportive environment, where professionalism is important, but fun and wellbeing are also key.



  • Taster Class* – Drop in one week, £15
  • First Courses* – 10 weeks, £130


After 2 x consecutive 10 weeks courses and performing with Lola Hips twice, classes are usually in 5 week blocks (this may vary) and the course fee changes according to the number of weeks, e.g, 5 week block = £55, 6 week block = £66.
*NOTE: If you are a returning member, the Taster Class and First Course fees do not apply.
Additional Info Dates: Wednesdays Age Group: Adults (min.18 yrs) Level: Intermediate What to bring: Props will be asked for ahead of time. Wear comfortable clothing you can move around in easily (no need to show your belly). Socks or suitable dance shoes (ballet shoes). No skirts. Do I need to book? Yes
Tutor Bio Meilyn is an award-winning bellydancer and choreographer, trained in Egyptian, Turkish and Fusion bellydance styles, including Chinese fan veils. Her friendly and supportive teaching style allows you to learn in a safe environment and grow as a dancer. Meilyn has been teaching for twelve years, including her regular classes, at international bellydance festivals and one-off tasters for hen parties, community groups, schools and ladies' parties.